Are you an IT professional? Would you like to prove your knowledge of servers? Are you looking for a qualification that could improve your resume? Then perhaps a CompTIA+ Server certification is for you.
CompTIA (the Computing Technology Industry Association) offers a range of qualifications for a variety of IT specialisms. The CompTIA Server+ Certification is a vendor-neutral credential that proves to employers you know your stuff when it comes to server maintenance and repair, including disaster recovery. This means that your qualification isn't sponsored by a specific company, and your knowledge can be more easily applied throughout the industry, on a range of servers and operating systems. CompTIA certifications are globally recognized as high-quality professional qualifications and are respected by employers and industry members the world over.
Designed for IT professionals with at least 18 months to 2 years' experience in the IT world (and preferably some experience working with servers), the CompTIA Server+ Certification is a great qualification for IT professionals interested in taking their career to the next level, or looking to specialize in servers. Although it is recommended that candidates have also passed CompTIA A+ Certification, this is not an official prerequisite. Please note that although not needed to take the course, many employers will also seek a Bachelor's or associate's degree in a related field (such as computer science or information systems).
Through the course, you will hone and test your skills in a number of relevant areas, including system hardware, software, storage, IT environment, disaster recovery and troubleshooting. Your CompTIA Server+ credential will assure employers that no matter what their server problem, you have the knowledge and expertise to effectively resolve the issue, and companies such as Dell, HP, IBM, Intel, Lenovo and Xerox recommend CompTIA Server+ certification for all their technicians.
There are a variety of ways to study, including instructor-led classes, self-study with CompTIA educational software, and through an interactive e-learning course. You can choose to study via one preferred method or use multiple methods in tandem. A list of the approved training centers around the world where you can take instructor-led classes is available on the CompTIA website, where you can find more information about CompTIA's range of study guides. There are a range of educational materials available to aid students, some of which include test papers and even instructional DVDs, meaning there is an appropriate learning method out there for everyone! Once you have completed your training, you will sit a 90-minute test, and must pass with a score of 750/900 or more to gain the qualification. The exam is 100 questions long, and is available in English, Chinese, German or Japanese, though please check with your provider for more details on language availability.
Once you have completed your CompTIA Server+ certification, you may be eligible for a number of roles in the IT industry, including networking engineering, security analysis and network administration. Here is some information on the role as a data security analyst.
As a data security analyst, your role is to protect sensitive information stored on networks and servers by your client or company, and to make sure that users comply with security measures in order to ensure the safety of company and customer data. As well as advising best practice for security, you will be key in implementing and maintaining security software, ensuring that the network and servers you work with are kept up-to-date with protection from the latest attacks. Most data security analysts will have a Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject, such as computer science, and if you have training in encryption and secure languages, you may consider designing and writing your own security software or modifying existing programs to meet your clients needs. As a typical data security analyst, your duties may include:
This requires you to have excellent written and oral communication skills, as most users will not be as technically-minded as you! You must be able to talk on a comprehensive level to colleagues with similar training and capabilities, whilst also being able to translate your expert findings and opinions into lay terms for users. You will need excellent knowledge of security, including common hacks and attacks (such as SQL injection and cross-site hacking), and you may be required to perform penetration tests to ensure the safety of the network. In lay terms, this means you'll have to know your stuff when it comes to attacks, and you may be required to test the strength of your own software by trying to break it – an excellent challenge and one of the most fun parts of the job!